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KCSO: Knoxville man found with $50K of stolen power tools

Juan Martinez-Perez was charged after $50,000 worth of power tools and other equipment was located at a residence.
Credit: KCSO

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. — The Knox County Sheriff's Office Organized Retail Crime Unit concluded a 6-month investigation into a Knoxville man accused of reselling stolen goods. 

The fencing sting cost local retailers tens of thousands of dollars in loss, according to a press release from KCSO.

Detectives executed a search warrant at a Blount County residence on Feb 13 and located approximately $50,000 in new and like-new power tools and other equipment that they said was requested by, stolen for, and sold to Juan Martinez-Perez of Knoxville. 

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Martinez-Perez is charged with Theft over $2,500 and violating the Organized Retail Crime Prevention Act. He is currently being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility. 

His bond was originally set at $10,000, but a KCSO spokesperson said it was increased to $15,000 later Wednesday afternoon.